Chris Kluwe Wishes We Could Fix Human Nature


OC Weekly reporter Andy Mannix this week offers a lengthy profile of Chris Kluwe, the weekly paper's cover boy and the LGBT rights movement's surprising knight in shining armor.

The Minnesota Vikings punter seemed to come out of nowhere to fight anti-gay marriage discrimination in Minnesota, and has since become a national star. He does not, however, necessarily like the political game:

Though Kluwe is now the spokesman for a liberal cause, he doesn't consider himself a Democrat. He favors neither Barack Obama nor Mitt Romney, and he describes the presidential race as a contest to kiss the ass of the most billionaire donors, rather than the battle of ideas it purports to be. If Kluwe had to label himself, he'd say libertarian, but that doesn't quite sum it up either.

"My ideal world is one in which we don't need a government because people treat one another the way they want to be treated," Kluwe says. "But until we fix human nature, that's probably not going to happen."

Read the rest of Mannix's profile on Kluwe, who was raised in California, over at OC Weekly.


  1. jason says

    In some ways, Chris Kluwe is refreshing. He’s not a party political hack. We need more people like him who aren’t necessarily the products of politics but who assess each issue without political fear or favor.

  2. THE QUEEN says


  3. Tre says

    . Since when are civil rights a “liberal cause” ? Marriage Equality is NOT a political issue – are there no gay republicans who are married or want to get married?

  4. DG says

    If some people insist that Mr. Kluwe needs some sort of catalyst for motivation, perhaps the fact that his brother-in-law is gay will shut them up.
    I’m just thankful that an intelligent human being has developed a public voice.

  5. Stefan says

    Finally, someone who sees the world as I do. If he ever runs for office in a jurisdiction in which I can vote, he would have my vote.

    Also: I really wish people would stop painting this as a battle against “homophobia” or people who are “homophobic.” “Phobia” means fear, and those who are against us are not typically phobic. They wouldn’t become allies if they just got over their “ick” reaction to gays. Let’s be blunt about it: they hate us, or at best view us as less than them. When men treat women this way it’s called misogyny, not gynophobia. Maybe we should push for the term “homomisia” or the less technical sounding phrase “gay hate.”

  6. Rick says

    @Stefan People don’t “hate” other groups of people for no reason. Honestly, gay men are disliked and disrespected because they are perceived as being hostile to masculine values and to men, in general. And many, if not most of them, actually are.

    When that changes, we will no longer be regarded with hostility–or at least the hostility will be restricted to a very small minority.

    But that is the only way we will ever be accepted–and it should be.

  7. MateoM says

    Rick is a well-known racist, misogynist, femmaphobic, homophobic and generally bigoted troll here on Towleroad. Please don’t address him in any way. Let’s kill this troll together by not even acknowledging him.

    Copy and paste this anytime he or his alias Jason post. That way we can take the comments section back from trolls.

  8. PostPonyPhase says

    @Rick—Bulls**t. Blame the victim is a numbers game, and there are more straight men than gay. You win, which I’m sure you’re thrilled about, even if is the fail award for misplaced concern for yourself. Antagonists don’t self reflect, you’re wasting your time and ours. Shove off or commit to something of your yourself, not just what you’re told to (meaning: the straights are OK gays are not reactivity).

  9. Diogenes Arktos says

    “Someone contacted me on Twitter [from Minnesotans for Equality] and asked if I’d be interested. I said yes. I’ve always believed that people are inherently the same and should have the same rights and equal protection under the law. It really doesn’t matter what you do with who or whom as long as you’re not infringing on someone else’s rights. Everyone should be free to live their own life however it makes them happy.”

    From interview with Kluwe (note the date):

    I’ve not heard why MFE would tweet him in the first place. I’m just glad he’s a dynamite supporter.

  10. says

    Rick is right!…..It’s true…masculine gays are hated by the effeminate ones..that’s why they rarely come out…it’s not the straights they have a problem with…